Beverly Bootstraps Thrift Shop –

October 17th, 2016

Calling friends, families and neighbors!
You may remember the fun time ~8 volunteers from our church had at Beverly Bootstraps last month sorting clothes, pricing and hanging items.  Due to the success and popularity of this venture, we would love to give Beverly Bootstraps a monthly commitment  penciling in the third Monday of each month, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. starting October 17th!  If you are interested, email Susan Blanchard at and she will add your name and contact info to sign-up genius.  It’s that simple!

Join in the Celebration

October 17th, 2016

Refugee Immigration Ministry

30th Anniversary International Dinner
Sharing the Gifts of Our Diverse Cultures

Sunday, November 6, 2016
5:30 p.m.  Horsd’oeuvres
6:30 p.m.  An International Buffet
Silent Auction and Awards Ceremony
First Congregational Church
121 West Foster St.  Melrose, MA.

Tickets:  $40 ($35 if you buy before October 15)
Mail check to RIM at 6 Pleasant St. Ste 612, Malden, MA.  02148

Contact: Cathy Imboden at

Children’s Summer Story & Snack

June 2nd, 2016

For children in Pre-School through Grade 6

This summer we will invite children who come for worship to gather for “Story and Snack” on any Sunday there are more than four young ones present as the service begins.  A staff person or volunteer will be on hand to determine if we have enough kids for this program and if so will escort them out during the first hymn.  We will sit together, outside as the weather permits, to hear a Bible story and enjoy a snack.  Please meet your children on the Meeting house Lawn following the worship.   The “Story and Snack” volunteers will bring the children to Lemonade on the Lawn in conclusion of worship.

Ladies Croquet on the Common

May 31st, 2016

Sponsored by the Women of the Congregational Church of Tospfield.

It’s THE social event of the season!  Croquet

All women are invited to enjoy a lively game of croquet and

light refreshments on the Topsfield Common.

Don’t play?  Come watch the fun!  Spectators are welcome

and there will be seating on the lawn.

Victorian/Edwardian attire is encouraged but not required.

Public is welcome and admission is free.

Girls high school age and up welcome too.

Topsfield Strawberry Festival Antique and Classic Car Show

May 31st, 2016

Sponsored by Topsfield Congregational Church

June 11th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Strawberry2016

One more reason to love the Strawberry Festival!

See the collection of Antique and Classic cars on display in front of the Topsfield Congregational Church.

Speaker Event- Sunday, June 5th – Healing a Broken Food System

May 19th, 2016

ericschultzSunday, June 5th 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Emerson Center Fellowship Hall

Acclaimed author, Eric Schultz will offer some thoughts for discussion about food waste and food insecurity.   “Calling attention to the extraordinary social and environmental opportunities created by wasting less food.” (Food Foolish- the Hidden Connection Between Food Waste, Hunger and Climate Change- John M. Mandyck and Eric B. Schultz)

Eric B. Schultz is the former Chairman and CEO of Sensitech, acquired by United Technologies, to which he now consults. He serves in the Partner Program at Ascent Ventures, and on the boards of the Avedis Zildjian Company, the Gettysburg Foundation, and Brown Broadcasting Service. He is a former Chairman of the New England Historic and Genealogical Society and a former Senior Warden of Trinity Church in Topsfield. Eric has authored or co-authored King Philip’s War: The History and Legacy of America’s Forgotten Conflict, Weathermakers to the World, and Food Foolish: The Hidden Connection Between Food Waste, Hunger and Climate Change . He is a graduate of Brown University and the Harvard Business School.

Eric and his wife Susan reside in Boxford and have three children, Ned, Abbey and Emily-all proud graduates of Masconomet.
Sponsored by ACE (Adult Christian Education)

ONA Opportunities

May 19th, 2016

We would like you to know about an upcoming event in Salem, MA.  On Friday, June 24, the Tabernacle Church (UCC) in Salem will host an Interfaith Celebration at 7 PM in conjunction with North Shore Pride Parade and Festival.  The parade and festival themselves occur on Saturday, June 25.  Salem TabernacleDetails regarding the parade and festival can be found at this website . If you are interested in attending the interfaith service on Friday, please inform John Szymanski at his email address  If you wish to be part of a group representing our church at either the interfaith service or at the parade, contact John as well.

CCoT invites you to participate in the Blessing of the Animals

May 13th, 2016

Sunday, June 12th 9:30 a.m. on the Meeting house lawn. (Postponed from Sunday, May 22nd)

Please ensure all animals are appropriately leashed, caged or otherwise controlled and that all shots are up-to-date.

Children are welcome to bring stuffed animals if some pets are unable to attend or be transported to the service.



Youth Skill Collective (YSC)

May 4th, 2016

The youth of the Congregational Church of Topsfield offer the following list of activities in which they can share their considerable skills in an effort to assist and know the members and friends of our church. Review the list here and contact Amy Bruch by email or phone to set up a visit from one or more students and Amy, or another adult from the church.

If you’re able, we’d appreciate a small donation to the church for their time/talent in order to support the Mission Trip for Faith works students as well as to support their good will in serving the community.  We suggest $15- $20 for an hour’s worth of work.  The length of tasks will vary, though please consider projects that will require 1/2-2 hours of work.  Some tasks will be weather dependent and in those cases we will do our best to meet your needs in as timely a manner as possible.

Amy:  339.368.0818 or

Join the RIM Refugee Walk

April 26th, 2016

When:  Sat. May 21st at 10 a.m. rain or shine

Location:   Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield, MA

An hour on your feet can help ensure that asylum seekers living in nearby communities have a roof over their heads, food to eat, and access to English language tutoring  Refugee Immigration Ministry (RIM) is an interfaith, community-based organization that has served hundreds of asylum seekers and refugees in Eastern Massachusetts since its founding in 1986.

Can’t make the walk? Be there in spirit by making a donation online or by mail. For more information and to donate at First Giving go to Cathy Imboden’s webpage here.

You may also choose to donate by check payable to R.I.M. North Shore Cluster.

Contact Cathy Imboden at missions&